Murielle Ahoure

Murielle Ahoure delighted with Moscow glory

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She made Cote d’Ivoire proud at the event after winning two silver medals in the ladies’ 100m and 200m races. Upon her arrival, she expressed dip delight for her records as well as expressed determination to work hard for a gold medal in the next edition of the Olympic games. “I’m happy for what I did in my first World championship. I am running for my country Cote d’Ivoire. It’s the natural choice I’ve made. I will not change my nationality”, she said. In should be noted that Ahoure is the first African athlete to be vice champion in the 100m race.


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Ivorian sprinter Murielle Ahoure chases history

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The Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure made history on Monday in becoming the first female African sprinter to win a medal in the history of the World Athletics Championships in the 100 meters.

The 25-year-old is keen to wire another chapter of history by becoming the first African woman to win a medal in the 200m.

She is the daughter of General Mathias Doue a former chief of staff of the Ivorian army until he was sacked in 2004 by ex-president Laurent Gbagbo
Those heats begin Thursday with the final on Friday.

Ahoure, who reached both the 100m and 200m finals at last year's Olympics, showed in relegating defending world champion Carmelita Jeter into third in the 100m that she has the mental strength to cope with the major finals.

Ahoure has remained very much an Ivorian despite a bohemian lifestyle from an early age which saw her sent to France aged three and then on to the United States where she was educated.

Indeed one of her ambitions is to be a role model to other African athletes and stop them from moving abroad and accepting payment to change nationality and run for other countries.

“This medal was for the Ivory Coast, no other country,'' said Ahoure, who has five siblings.

“I think it is sad so many African athletes feel it is necessary to move abroad and run for other countries. At the same time I understand as they have to make a living and an athlete's life is a precarious one, one lives with the ever present fear of injury which can end your career.''

While Ahoure is grateful to the United States for having provided her with an education and with her future career assured as a lawyer, she said she wants her exploits on the track to persuade other Africans to follow her example.--AFP


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VIDEO: Murielle Ahoure grabs surprise Silver




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VIDEO: Murielle Ahoure starts 22.24 NR Defeats Shelly Ann Fraser




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Murielle Ahoure sets national records

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World Champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana and  Côte d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahoure stormed to national records while Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare soared over seven metres twice at the Herculis Meeting – Diamond League in Monaco.

Montsho, won the 400m in a national record of 49.33 secs, the fastest time in the world this year, a national record and a Diamond League record,  in front of the near-capacity crowd at the Stade Louis II stadium.

Stephanie McPherson of Jamaica clocked 49.92 secs  for second, with American Francena McCorory third in 49.96 secs, both lifetime bests.

Afterwards Montsho said: ” I did not expect to run this quick, honestly.”

“For some reason I always seem to run fast here and I love the crowd’s support. Now I really need to take a rest and focus on Moscow. I really want to be on that podium.”

Okagbare had flighted around 6.85 – 6.98 all season and showed she meant business early on with a 6.86m first-round lead in the women’s long jump.

The Nigerian then produced a wind-assisted 7.04m (2.1m/s) in round two and then a lifetime best legal jump of 7.00m (0.0m/s) in the third-round.

Russian Darya Klishina finished second with a 2nd round jump of 6.98m (+2.4m/s) with Britain’s Shara Proctor managed 6.74m (+0.6m/s) in the final round to take third place.

“I would say nine out of ten. It’s a PB for me,” said Okagbare.

“My fourth and fifth jumps were better but I fouled them. My seven metres jump was far from perfect, and we’re working on a lot of different things.”

Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure won women’s 200m in a national record of 22.24 secs while Tiffany Townsend of the United States was second in a personal best of 22.26 secs and Jamaican Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  was third in 22.28 secs.


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VIDEO: Murielle Ahoure 10.91 PB (+1.5m/s) blazing speed 100m Sottevill




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VIDEO: Shocker Allyson Felix Beaten by proCane Murielle Ahoure in 200m Rome



Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast clocked a new national record on her way to pushing Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix into second place at the Rome Golden Gala, the fifth leg in the 14-event Diamond League series, on Thursday.

Last month Ahoure had clocked what was then a world-leading time of 22.47sec in Ponce, but the African made the most of the absence of several top names to clock a new national record of 22.36.

Felix, the Olympic champion from London, finished second in 22.64, three tenths behind her best time of the season, 22.36, set last week in Beijing.

With the world championships in Moscow the big objective this year, Felix was philosophical about her setback.

"It's an interesting year for me: I'm trying to piece things together and make the team in a few weeks," said the American.

"I'm taking a different approach this year, taking more time off, so I was a little off.

"I'm trying to make the (US) team, run the 100 and 200 (in Moscow).

"I'll stay patient. It's what happens down the season that counts."

The women's 200m field was missing a number of top names including Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica and compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic silver medallist in London, and Sherone Simpson.

Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova finished third in a season's best of 22.78.

Ahoure's win means she takes the lead of the Diamond League standings in the discipline, in which Felix is now fourth.


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Murielle Ahoure triumphs in Puerto Rico

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Ivorian sprinter Murielle Ahoure on Saturday won the 100m and 200m events at of the Ponce Meeting, in the South of Puerto Rico.

She first won the 100m event in 11’09”, her season’s best, ahead of Barbara Pierre and Alexandra Anderson.

In the 200m, she registered the fifth best time of the season as she crossed the finish line in 22.47 ahead of Lauryn Williams et Candyce McGrone.

The Ivorian burst on the international scene last year when she won a silver medal in the 60m event at the World Indoor Championships before qualifying for the 100m and 200m finals of the London 2012 Olympics where she finished 7 and 6 respectively.


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Murielle Ahoure Looking Forward To Jamaican Energy

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Murielle Ahoure has given Ivorians something else to care about besides football; her meteoric rise in the 100m and 200m and her national record breaking performances at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where she made both finals, catapulting her to national and international recognition.

"It's just mind-blowing, everyone has been telling me that they have never seen anything like this and for the first time ever, the world didn't revolve around football and it was all about track in my country. It was the first time that everyone stopped and watched track and field. It's unbelievable and (has) changed my life," Ahoure recounted.

Ahoure, who will line up beside local girl Veronica Campbell-Brown, American Allyson Felix and Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste in the 100m at tomorrow's Jamaica International Invitational inside the National Stadium, seems intent on disrupting the female sprinting hierarchy - starting with her first outing on Jamaican soil.

"I am very excited and I am just thrilled to be here. I am training hard and I want to see what I have in store for the 100m this year, but I feel great and I am happy to be here," Ahoure told The Gleaner yesterday. "I can't wait to feel the energy inside the stadium. I have always heard the horns and screams when I watch the meet on YouTube and it's gonna be cool and I'm hoping to feel some of that energy."

She and her mother will both be looking forward to some of that energy as 'Mommy Murielle' Chantal Doue will also be in the stands cheering on her daughter - or will she?

"She is very supportive, but she normally covers her eyes when I race and pray a lot. That's how she experiences my races, but she will do all the screaming afterwards," Ahoure laughed.

The 25-year-old is certainly in bright spirits these days and why shouldn't she be, with her 6.99 seconds 60m clocking being the fastest time on the indoor circuit this year.

"I am really excited, everything is happening so fast," she beamed.


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VIDEO: Murielle Ahoure demolishes top-class field to win indoor 60 meters at Birmingham GP

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Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was upstaged in her first appearance at an indoor meeting, finishing second behind Murielle Ahoure in the 60 meters at the Birmingham Grand Prix on Saturday.

The race was hyped as the resumption of the rivalry between Fraser-Pryce and world 100 champion Carmelita Jeter, but Ahoure powered clear to win in a personal-best time of 6.99 seconds.

"My goal is obviously the world championship outdoors, so we've just been training for the 100 meters," said Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, who finished seventh in the Olympic final last year. "It's so cool to come out here in the middle of training and drop a time like this, it's crazy. It tells me it's going to be a really, really good year."

Fraser-Pryce ran 7.09, with Jeter coming fourth in 7.18 behind her compatriot from the United States, Barbara Pierre.



U.S. sprinter Michael Rodgers ran a season-best time of 6.53 seconds to win the men's 60, holding off Nesta Carter of Jamaica. Antoine Adams of St. Kitts and Nevis was third.

Mo Farah, the Olympic champion at 5,000 and 10,000, gave the home fans something to cheer by pulling clear in the final lap to win the 3,000 in 7 minutes, 42 seconds.

Farah, one of the stars of the track at the London Games, will not compete at the European indoor championships in Goteborg, Sweden, from March 1-3, instead focusing on running in the New Orleans half-marathon on Feb. 24. He said on Saturday he would be stepping up in distance and aiming to run his first full marathon in London next year.

"I think practice will make perfect," Farah said. "The more practice you can do you can get it right."

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia attempted to light up one of the biggest indoor meets of the year by breaking the world record in the women's 1,500 but came up short by 2.5 seconds after a solo run from halfway.


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PHOTO: proCane Sprinter Murielle Ahoure Wins

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Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast smiles as she takes a victory lap after winning the women's 60 meters during the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix track meet in Boston, Massachusetts February 2, 2013.


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Murielle Ahoure and Ben Meite support the future of athletics

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Success in the Olympics, for the United States of America and Jamaica, is the end result of a long preparation. It all begins with the identification of those boys and girls who have what it takes to become the next Murielle Ahoure and Ben Meite, or even the next Bolt and Blake.

Murielle Ahoure (7th on 100m in London 2012) and Ben Meite (champion of Africa on 100m) brought their support to a day of detection of young athletes. They tell the story to StarAfrica in this video.

Let's hope that some of these young runners can make it very far. The Olympics in Rio, 2016, are on the horizon!


Murielle Ahoure et Ben Meite soutiennent... by starafrica


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proCanes T'Erea Brown Finishes 6th In Women's 400m Hurdles, Murielle Ahoure 6th In 200m

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T'Erea Brown, resident of Hampton, Va. entered Wednesday's 400m hurdles final in London hoping to medal. Unfortunately a slow reaction time out of the blocks cost her a chance to medal and she finished sixth in the final with a time of 55.07, a full 2.37 seconds behind gold medalist Natalya Antyukh of Russia who finished with a time of 52.70. Fellow American Lashinda Demus claimed the silver medal with a time of 52.77 seconds and Zuzana Hejnova claimed the bronze medal with a time of 53.38.

In other women's track and field events, Murielle Ahoure, running for the Ivory Coast but went to high school in Virginia, finished sixth in the 200m finals with a time of 22.57 seconds, 0.69 seconds behind gold medalist Allyson Felix of America who finished with a time of 21.88 seconds. Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce claimed the silver medal with a time of 22.09 seconds and American Carmelita Jeter won the bronze with a time of 22.14 seconds.


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Murielle Ahoure advances to 200-meter final

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She carried the flag for her country during the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics. She raced in the women's 100-meter dash final last weekend, and she'll race in the finals of the 200-meter dash on Wednesday.

She also went to high school and college in the Washington area.

Murielle Ahoure isn't easily recognizable as one of a number of former D.C. products in this year's Summer Olympics. The first reason may be that she's racing for Ivory Coast, the country where she was born before relocating first to France then the U.S. when she was a teenager. The second reason is that she left her first college, George Mason, after two seasons, and headed to Miami, where she won the 200-meter NCAA title in 2009.

But her start came at Hayfield High, just south of the Beltway in Alexandria, where a guidance counselor introduced her to coach T.D. Holsclaw a couple weeks into the spring track season. A sophomore then, she'd never run competitively before.

"I said, 'Sure,'?" Holsclaw said. "Just add another one to the bunch, I guess."

Holsclaw stayed with Ahoure through her time with the Patriots, where she was an All-American.

Last weekend in London, in her first Olympics, she finished seventh in the 100 final, with a time of 11.00 seconds. In the 200, she won her preliminary heat with a time of 22.55 and finished second in her semifinal heat (22.49) to qualify for Wednesday's final.

"She's turned into quite a stud," said Hayfield assistant director of activities and field coach Jeff Herbert. "We fought tooth and nail for two years to get her in the weight room. Seeing pictures of her now, I'd be afraid to see her in a dark alley. A very sweet girl, awesome kid."

While Hayfield has a message of support on the school's marquis, nobody saw Ahoure carry the flag into Olympic Park Stadium -- NBC skipped over it during commercials.

"They haven't even shown any of her heats on TV," Herbert said. "They've only been online. That's been the downfall for us."

Holsclaw, who now coaches at South County High, said his family dressed up in Ivory Coast T-shirts and sent a picture to Ahoure back in late spring. He said it would be the only time during the Olympics that they wouldn't wear red, white and blue. He also believes that the 200 is Ahoure's best event.

"Still to this day, it's funny because once she starts running, she is yet to slow down," Holsclaw said. "She just seems to keep getting faster and faster."


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Murielle Ahoure, a rising sprinter on the international lane

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Current African Record holder in Women’s 200m indoor, Murielle Ahoure, is making her mark on the international scene as she has already grabbed two medals since taking part in her first international competition in March 2012. She will be one to watch at the 2012 Olympics in the 100m and 200m events

Born on August 23, 1987 in the Ivorian capital city, Abidjan, Murielle Ahoure moved to France at the age of two and stayed there till when she was twelve. She then travelled to the United States to continue her studies. Ahoure fell in love with athletics at the age of 17 while still in the University. In May 2006, she participated in her first competition, the U.S National Championships where she did 11.42 in the 100m race. She didn’t give up the chase for excellent performance in spite of her time in the first race. Two years after that, her perseverance paid off. She stole the show at the NC where she finished first ahead of some of the world’s top runners. The following year, She was the 2009 NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 metres while running for the University of Miami. She finished first in 22.78 (her personal best in 200m). The Ivorian Arrow, as she is popularly known on the lane, started training seriously for international competitions as she kept a low profile for the following two years participating in championships within the United States. When she sprang to the international scene in March 2012, she came second (7, 04) in the 60m at the 2012 IAAF World indoor Championships that took place in Istanbul, Turkey. Her best personal 100m outdoor record (11, 00) was set in May of the same year in Rome, Italy, when she beat Jamaican born 2008 Olympic medallists, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson. Still holding tight to excellence, Ahoure went ahead to perform her best time in 200m outdoor (22, 42) in Bislett, Oslo, July 2012. She reached the finish line before the Jamaican trio for the second time in three months.

The African Queen is presently the Ivorian champion (11, 00) in the 100m outdoor race and the continent’s fastest sprinter (22, 42) in the 200m indoor event. She is currently ranked 8th in the Women’s 100m event and occupies the 33rd position on the general classification table of athletes. What more surprises does Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahoure have in store for lovers of sports during the 2012 London Olympics Games? Hopes are rising. Everyone is waiting...

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Born on August 23, 1987
Specialty: 100m and 200m
100m personal best, 11.00 (Rome, 2012)
200 m personal best 22.78 (2009)

Achievements:
2009: NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 metres
2012: Silver medal at the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul


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Murielle Ahoure wins Women's 200m - Meeting Areva 2012




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Murielle Ahoure wins 4th race

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Ivorian sprinter, Murielle Ahoure has won her fourth race at the Lille Metropole meeting after those of Rome, Montreuil and Oslo.

Ivorian sprinter, Murielle Ahoure has won her fourth race at the Lille Metropole meeting after those of Rome, Montreuil and Oslo. Her Algerian counterpart, Zahra Bouras (400m) grabbed a second success after that of Montreuil. Ethiopian, Mohammed Aman (800m), Paul Koech (3000m) of Kenya and Idriss Muktar still from Ethiopia were noted with the three best records notably 1:44:32, 8:06:71, 13:06:92.


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Murielle Ahoure wins Women's 100m race - Diamond League Rome



Ivory Coast sprinter Murielle Ahoure sets a new personal best and national record of 11.00 seconds to win the women's 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome.

The 24-year-old pushed Jamaican duo Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Kerron Stewart into second and third after the 60m specialist capitalised on a great start.


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Interview - Muriel Ahouré (CIV) SILVER MEDALLIST, 60m Women, IAAF World Indoor Championships Istanbul 2012.




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Murielle Ahoure Wins Silver

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Bulgaria's star sprint runner finished 8th at the 60 m women's final of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics in Istanbul Sunday.

Lalova, who was competing in a physically worsened condition, having a flu and fever, finished at 7.27 seconds.

Earlier Sunday the Bulgarian runner finished second in her semi-final group at 7.23 seconds.

The world gold went to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, who ran the 60 m for 7.01 seconds.

Second was Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure (7.04 sec), while USA's Tianna Madison got the bronze (7.09 sec).


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Murielle Ahoure A Winner

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proCane track star Murielle Ahoure posted 7.13secs to win the women’s 60m dash at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. Fellow proCane American Lauryn Williams was last in 7.34.




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